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The undeniably Cocteaus or Vini Reilly-esque shoegaze shimmer of Spain’s Bélver Yin makes a sterling 2nd addition to Efficient Space’s immaculate cabinet of blissed, melancholic curios
In the glistening wake of the reissue to Bélver Yin’s overlooked 1991 album ‘Luz Bel’, Melbourne’s Efficient Space pry deeper into founding member Pedro L. Ortega’s work with a beautiful set of new recordings penned as a parting gift to his mother, and which sound like they were made during sheogaze/dream-pop’s halcyon years.
The tremulous, tongue-tip top lines of The Durutti Column elide the reverb-keened harmonic complexity to Cocteau Twins and The Cure’s timeless pop in 10 instrumental songs that showcase Ortega’s grasp of sub blushed Balearic-meets-drizzly UK blooz, sitting dead pretty on the nostalgic déjà entendu sweetspot for fans of ‘80s/‘90s indie.
“Bélver Yin’s story begins at the turn of the ‘90s, blooming from a fixation with British ethereal alt-pop (Cocteau Twins, The Chameleons, The Cure et al.). Utilising guitar, bass and drum machine rhythms to record the cathartic 1991 debut Luz Bel, their quintessentially Mediterranean angle on slow, reverb and echo-laden atmospherics found a home on fleeting label Noisex Music. Despite radio play and concerts around Spain, lack of distribution led to the album being largely overlooked, until Efficient Space’s faithful reissue in 2020.
With this newfound interest stoking Ortega’s fire, the wealth and strength of Para Mi Madre’s expressive impulses will woo fans and newcomers alike. Patiently moving from pastel hues, sepia-tones and balearic nostalgia, its crystallised instrumentals give a knowing nod to the wide-eyed possibilities of youthful summers as much as they do world-weary respite. Not wallowing in gloom, the deeply personal and spirit-stirring memorandum documents Ortega coming to terms with the loss of his greatest champion.”